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Welcome to the Church of Saint Mary Syderstone

Summer dawn at Syderstone © Jon Bunting

Saint Mary's is the parish church for the communities of Syderstone, Barmer, Blenheim Park and Wicken Green Village. Click here for How to Find Us.
The church is open every day of the year during daylight hours and vistors are always welcome. We've recently erected large signs on the Docking Road to make the church easier to find.
A historic round tower church of Norman origins in its present form, people have been coming to worship, meet together, celebrate Christmas, Lent, Easter and Harvest, be married, unite at christenings, and pay respect to family and friends at funerals, for around thirty generations.

Services at St Mary's

1st Sunday in month 11.00am Eucharist (Rector)

2nd Sunday in month 11.00am Morning Worship (Worship Assistant)

3rd Sunday in month 11.00am Eucharist (Rector)

4th Sunday in month 4.00pm Praise Service (Rector)

5th Sunday in month 11.00am Eucharist (Rector)


For occasional variations in the pattern of services, see the Calendar to the right.

Syderstone Festival of Flowers Saturday 21 July - Wednesday 25 July

Time to plan your visit to the wonderful Syderstone Festival of Flowers in St Mary's Church.

This popular annual event will take place from Saturday 21 July  to Wednesday 25 July [a little earlier than in previous years] between 10am and 5pm daily.

As always, with the generous support of local sponsors and the skill of the Church's team of flower arrangers,  St Mary's will glow with the colour and the joy of the floral displays. Paintings, cards, plants and refreshments will be on sale to enhance the event.

Entry is free - we do hope you will be able to visit.

The Praise Service at 6.00 pm on Sunday 22 July will be followed by a 'Bring & Share' supper - a lovely way to celebrate the event.  You are very welcome!

Thinking Anglicans

  • New CofE policy on granting clergy Permission to Officiate
    The Church of England’s House of Bishops Delegation Committee has approved a new Policy on Granting Permission to Officiate. The Church Times reports: Clerics under investigation for abuse may be barred from ministering under new safeguarding rules. PERMISSION to officiate (PTO) will be refused or withdrawn from clerics who are under police investigation over allegations […]
  • Religion and Belief in Schools
    Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead have published a revised version of their 2015 report: A New Settlement Revised: Religion and Belief in Schools. Our report on the original version of this can be found here. The Church of England has issued a response. The Church Times has reported on it: Don’t use faith to decide who gets […]
  • IICSA announces timetable for hearings on Peter Ball
    IICSA has published this timetable for next week’s public hearings, 23 to 27 July (from 10 am daily). Former archbishop, Lord Carey, is due to appear on Tuesday. As during the previous hearings, TA will try to provide daily links to the transcripts and to some of the key documents. The Guardian has this news […]

Daily Bible Verse

  • Fri, 20 July
    Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, to run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Diocese News

  • Remembrance 100: Norfolk churches offered free books
    On August 4, churches across the country will start 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. To help in remembrance, a Norfolk charity is offering free commemorative booklets for young people to churches across the county.

Statement of Inclusivity

Syderstone Parochial Church Council, which has the care of the parishioners of Barmer, Blenheim Park, Syderstone and Wicken Green, fully supports and accepts the ordination of both men and women as deacons, priests and bishops in the Church of England and in the wider Anglican Communion. As God welcomes us we welcome everyone to the family of our churches regardless of their age, physical ability, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.